Toronto, Montreal, or Quebec?

posted 5 months ago in Travel
  • poll: Which locations should we visit for our 10 day trip to Canada?
    Visit all 3 : (7 votes)
    21 %
    Toronto and Montreal : (5 votes)
    15 %
    Montreal and Quebec : (13 votes)
    38 %
    Toronto and Quebec : (8 votes)
    24 %
    Other location : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    MiniMeow :  what are you looking for in a vacation? Quebec City is gorgeous and very historical – personally as a Canadian I would vacation to Quebec City over the other areas. So maybe Toronto to visit your friends then Quebec City?

    Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Montreal hands down. Beautiful, tons to do, different enough from an American city to be interesting, relatively easy to navigate. Quebec is beautiful and historic… But after 2-3 days I’d be bored stiff. Toronto is BIG and reminds me a bit of Chicago (I like Chicago, but it just doesn’t feel different enough to really hold my interest)

    Post # 4
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    1354 posts
    Bumble bee

    Quebec city is beautiful and romantic … 

    Post # 6
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    1354 posts
    Bumble bee

    Quebec city is very walkable because it’s an ancient town, much still intact. Streets are windy and narrow. It’s very interesting. 

    I find Toronto just like any other big dirty busy city, imho.  Multi lane highways, tons of traffic … 

    Post # 7
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    332 posts
    Helper bee

    If this trip is taking place in the summer, I would spend the majority of my time in Montreal. There is lot to do & see, ranging from historic quarters to modern sites, and many festivals. Downtown is quite walkable & there is a good transit system. It’s been a while since I’ve been back to Montreal, but I believe food& drinks are less expensive there as well.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I’d do all 3. Toronto for 2-3 days, Montreal for 3 days, and Quebec City for 3 days. I think all are worth visiting and have their own merits. The food in Toronto is unreal, Montreal is so relaxing and beautiful, Quebec City is historic    

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee

    No matter which combo, please make Old Quebec City one of your choices! It’s entirely walkable, the food is incredible and it’s historic. Montreal is similar-ish, less walkable. Toronto is great, you could also do a day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. If you have friends in Toronto, they’ll be able to guide you to the best spots. Where are you coming from? 

    Post # 10
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    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    As a Torontian, I think there’s some great restaurants and great parks that you could visit in the city. Transit is pretty convenient, though in the summer I would avoid the downtown and go to places like the beach, etc. There’s a lot of cute hidden pockets in the city. 

    I’ve also been to Quebec City a few times and it is very lovely and historic, with great food. I’d also recommend spending some time on Ile D’Orleans; it is very sweet and the food is incredible. 

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee

    Personally, I found Montreal and Quebec City similar enough (with QC taking the lead), that I would cut Montreal out. That way you could spend your time more leisurely in Toronto/QC, less hurried. But if busy is what you’re after, you can absolutely do all 3 in 10 days. 

    Edited to say: I find Montreal to be a mix of QC history and Toronto big city. No matter what you choose, the US/CAD currency conversion is definetly in your favour, so treat yourself well!

    Post # 13
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    1344 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think you can absolutely do all 3 in 10 days and quite comfortably.  If picking only two I’d go with Montreal & Quebec City but I dont have a friend to visit in Toronto. 

    Are you flying from NYC?  Fly into the furthest north city (Quebec) and out if the furthest south (Toronto), or vice versa.  Take the train in one straight line between the three cities. This is an easy 10 days hitting all three. 

     

    Post # 14
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    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Montreal hands down is way more interesting than Toronto, though I’m not particularly fond of Toronto and live quite close so my perception my be skewed. Unless there’s something you absolutely want to do in Toronto hit MTL and Quebec City.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

    If you like historic sightseeing and walking, I’d choose Quebec City. There are so many things to see, it’s ideal for a walking tour. And charming locally owned cafes and bistros really add to the ambiance. 

    Montreal has amazing sites too, though ideally I’d recommend visiting in the winter if you’re not scared off by cold weather, they have a number of outdoor festivals in winter and unparalleled outdoor skating etc. 

    If you do Toronto in the summer, you can include a day down at Queen’s Quay and do the islands, you can even check in advance to see if any special events are scheduled, like dragon boat racing. Lots of scenic walking with gardens, outdoor grill and picnic areas, paddleboat rentals, and an amusement park. There are lots of other things to do in Toronto and a huge multicultural choice of restaurants from all over the world. I’d also recommend a day at Casa Loma. 

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